Jean Evrard Kouassi

Childhood and early in the Ivory Coast

Jean Evrard was born on 25th of September 1994 in N'Damien in the Ivory Coast. Jean has 4 siblings, two older brothers and a younger and an older sister. Growing up is Jean Evrard in Grand-Bassam, a seaside town, approximately 40 kilometers away from the business metropolis of Abidjan. In Grand-Bassam, where his family lives, he went to school and started from early to play soccer. He was a good student and so there were always a lot of controversy with his parents who did not agree that he spent every spare moment on the football field. Despite all the problems surrounding his future, "Crespo", as he was called since childhood, through his will.

At the age of 9 he joined in 2004 the football academy "Jeunesse Sportive de Bassam". In 2005, he played with his Academy the U13 Youth Championship of the Ivorian Football Federation (Fédération Ivoirienne de Football), immediately "Crespo" once made by his talent noticed. That same year, the Ivorian Football Federation organized under his responsible Swiss Walter Ammann a U13 talent search. 4 regional selection teams has competed against each other. The selection of Jean Evrards won and Jean Evrard has been the top scorer of the tournament.

In the following years, "Crespo" won many trophies with Jeunesse Sportive de Bassam and scored many goals.

In 2010, at the age of 16 years, has been the next step. Jean Evrard committed to Moossou FC for 3 years for experiences in the second League of Ivory Coast. Immediately from the start key player, he was able to show his qualities in the men's field.

With the U17 national team of the Ivory Coast

His excellent performances earned him an invitation in end of 2010 to the U17 national team, which played the qualifying round of the Under-17 African Championship. End of November 2010, Jean Evrard had his first mission in the away match against Sierra Leone. It was necessary to create a good starting position for the rematch. The score was 2-2 and Jean Evrard "Man of the match.“ He shined with 2 assists and the extra-deserved praise from coach Alain Gouaméné. Unfortunately, he got two dubious yellow cards (yellow-red) in this game and could therefore not compete in the rematch. From the stands, then he followed in Abidjan, the 0:0 and thus achieved qualification for the U17 African Cup of 2011 in Rwanda.

In the finals of the U17 European Championship in Rwanda in February 2011, the Ivory Coast was the first in the group stage. Then they lost in the semi-finals very unhappy 0-1 against hosts Rwanda, and ended up in 4th Place, which qualified the team for the U17 World Cup 2011 in Mexico. "Crespo" played in all 5 games, sometimes as a striker, Right Winger, Left Winger, as well as Playmaker. He scored 1 goal and prepare themselves 3 goals.

The adventure „U17 World Cup“ began for Jean Evrard with a shock. The best man in the team of coach Gouaméné was badly tackled in the last preparing match in the training camp in France Paris-Eaubonne and injured. This shows particularly "Crespos" strong will. One day before the first World Cup match against Australia he bit his teeth and took part in the final training session before match. Despite the pain he was on the field in the 78th minute, but could not avert the 1:2 defeat. The 4-2 win against Denmark, Jean Evrard came in the 58th minute on the field and in the legendary 3-3 against Brazil, he was back in the starting line-up. Unfortunately his team retired after big fight in the second round against France (1:2). The team coached by Gouaméné earned high praise from all sides for the light-footed, fast combination football.

The hard way to professional contract in Europe

The result was that several scouts were aware of Jean Evrard. AS Monaco, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Marseille has been interested on him. Ultimately, he decided to accept the invitation from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany. In this trial in the end of 2011 in Germany, Jean Evrard could confirm his skills. The coach of the U19 FC Hansa Rostock (2nd Bundesliga), Roland Kroos (father of Toni Kroos - Bayern Munich), for example, was so impressed by Jean Evrard and wanted to sign him after just one training session. Unfortunately the FIFA Statutes not allowed a transfer for the 16-year-old Jean Evrard due to his minority. Patience was needed for beginning a career in Europe. In August / September 2012 Jean Evrard came shortly before his 18th birthday to be tested in Belgium, of invitation of FC Bruges. After 3 goals and 3 assists in 6 games with the U23 of the Belgian club, the leaders agreed. Curiously, the contract failed on the veto of head coach George Leekens. So it was again asked patience.

When Jean Evrard, finally with minority age, then in January 2013 travelled again to Europe, he had to decide of trial offers from AS Monaco and Valenciennes (both France), Energie Cottbus (Germany), Olimpik Donetsk (Ukraine), as well as from HNK Hajduk Split (Croatia). He opted for the big Croatian traditional club. In January training camp Jean Evrard scored 4 goals in 2 games and was immediately in the heart of the Torcida (Hajduk fans); because of his speed he got the nickname "crni vjetar" (black wind). Jean signed a contract for 3,5 years with Hajduk.

Hajduk Split

His first personal trophy in Europe, the award "Best Player of the tournament," Jean Evrard received at the tournament victory of his Hajduk in Bosnia and Herzegovina beginning February 2013. On 16th of February Hajduk Coach Miso Krsticevic brings him in the 85th minute on the field, his first Croatian Championship match in 1. HNL away against Slaven Belupo.


On 30 May 2013 Jean Evrard is father. His fiancee Aminata brought a son to the world, in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), which they gave the name „Ivan Kouakou Angel Ahmed“. Since August 2013, Aminata and Ivan live with Jean Evrard in Split.

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